The story so far...
Zoe Catherine Kendall is a London formed, York based multidisciplinary artist and jeweller using paint, ceramics, metals, found and collected objects and a variety of techniques in a broad creative practice.
Her current jewellery and sculptural object collections are inspired by a connection between the historical jewellery adornment of ancient man and more modern hand crafted clay work, including her own family background in jewellery and studio pottery. Working in precious and non-precious metals, different clays, oxides and found materials she explores the inter-relationships between these mediums.
Painting, drawing and photography allow for a more immediate response to inspiration found in the landscape, in other artists’ work and within the narrative of life and relationships. The resulting artwork is sometimes abstract, sometimes illustrative, often guided by language and always seeking to express the vitality of the human condition.
Zoe was originally inspired by an artistic upbringing and family, with a father who has dedicated his career to teaching art, photography and ceramics, a grandmother who made jewellery, a grandfather who led the ceramics and metalwork department at Camberwell College of Arts and a great grandfather, Bernard Leach, who played a significant role in 20th century art, shaping British studio pottery for successive generations.
After graduating from a Jewellery Design BA at Central Saint Martins in 2007, Zoe launched a jewellery collection which was represented by several independent galleries and larger shops in around London including Kabiri, Selfridges, The Last Tuesday Society and Johnny Rocket, receiving national and international press recognition. Since then her practice has become increasingly diverse.
Other themes in her artwork have included identity, the self and relationships, including confessional pieces exploring the struggles of dealing with trauma and mental illness, and have involved drawing, performance, writing, artifact and artists' books alongside painting. Combining a range of modalities has allowed for an authentic exploration of interior and exterior worlds, contributing to an immersive body of work that embodies the dynamic relationship between oneself, others and the encompassing environment.
According to McGee Gallery, York
CoCA shop at York Art Gallery, York
Previous Exhibitions and Performances
Ceramic and Design Now Festival, Lotte Inch Gallery, York
Emerging Artists Exhibition 2018, Bils & Rye Gallery
York Open Studios
Solo Show, Fossgate Social, York.
Artist of the Month, Owl & Monkey, York.
Connect, Fabelist Collective at A-Side B-Side Gallery, London.
Art Taro; performance art, In Dreams Exhibition, Cob Gallery, London.
Synaesthesia and the Senses, Fabelist Collective at Unit 3 Project Space, London.
Diary Reading, Hoax Publication Launch, Studio 1.1, London.
Short Story Reading, Time book launch by Lazy Gramophone, Shop, Drink & Do, London.
The Other Art Fair as part of Fabelist Collective, Ambika 3, London.
Where is Romeo? Performance art piece, Smash Lab IV at The Book Club, London.
Imprint, Fabelist Collective at Serpentine Gallery's Centre for Possible Studies London.
Self-Series painting and drawing installation as part of Pop-Up Circus II at Netil House, London.
Private Spaces, curatorial project showcasing 7 emerging artists including work by the artist, at Zoe's Place in association with Underbelly London, London.
Rummage Sale and Floor of the Forest at Barbican Art Gallery as part of 'Pioneers of the Down town Scene, New York 1970s' with Trisha Brown, Laurie Anderson and Gordon Matta-Clark, London.
Live painting performance, PERT, Peckham Bussey Building, London.
Love fools live art performance and installation at Shunt, London Bridge.
To be destroyed, Soho Square former Football Association HQ, London.
Self-Series: Swimming around in my mind, film screening as part of Short Film Sessions at Rich Mix, London.
Live painting at Streetfest, Whitechapel, London.
A window into wearable art, solo jewellery show with illustrations by Ted Pearce, Kabiri, London.
2014, Feature and Interview on Anxiety Arts Festival 2014. Read
2013, Short Story & Illustrations in Time, a collaborative book, Lazy Gramophone Artists & Press.
2010-12, Contributing artist and writer for Run Riot. Examples:Tracey Emin at Hayward Gallery Review,
2017, York Press. Read
2013, Hoax Publication. Read
2011, Dazed and Confused, interview with artist. Read
2010, Sabotage review of Lazy Gramophone with mention of the artist. Read
2009, Dazeddigital interview about award winning exhibit A window into wearable art for London Jewellery Week. Read
2009, Susie Bubble from Dazeddigital interviews Zoe. Read
2008, Vogue.com feature.
2008, Printed features in Dazed and Confused, Madame Figaro, Metro.
2012, Shortlisted for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
2009, Coutts New Jeweller Award.